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CHALLENGE TO ANY AND ALL WHO SHARE, PREACH, TEACH,
BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE. HELP
YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND CONGREGATION TO FIND IMPROVED
MEANS OF PROVIDING THE PROPER AND APPROPRIATE CARE FOR
THEIR ANIMALS. STOP THE UNNECESSARY SLAUGHTER OF OUR
PETS. YOU CAN ALL SAY 'IT'S NOT OUR PLACE' OR 'THE BIBLE
SAYS IT VERY CLEARLY' OR WHAT EVER EXCUSE YOU WANT TO
USE. BUT YOU KNOW GOD HAS PLACED YOU HERE ON A
MISSION. A MISSION THAT IS BY NO MEANS LIMITED TO
HUMANS, BUT FOR ALL CREATURES - OF WHICH WE ARE BUT ONE.
religious leaders must consider and understand
benefits of humane education to rid our society of
hatred and betrayal
Jeanette Shutay Ph.d.
Letter to the 'God Squad' by Joseph Pastore of H.E.A.R.T.
Challenge for all religious leaders
Commandments of Animal Guardianship
Protection Issues wheel
sometimes asked why I spend so much time and
efforts on animal related issues when there
is so much insensitivity towards man. I
answer....."I'm working at the roots"!
George T. Angell
With the teachings in the bible that clearly
show reverence and respect for ALL living
beings, it saddens me to see so many
people - people who 'claim' to be
God-fearing and who also consider religion
to play a sizable role in their lives,
mistreat, neglect and basically abuse their
I live in Dolan Springs, Arizona. The local
community has it's responsible pet
guardians, but by no means are they the
majority. Far from it. The average Dolan
Springs household with pets is ripe with
neglect, ignorant of the pets needs, barron
of any training or even proper restraints
for the pets safety. And don't even get
me started on the appropriate identification
of the pets - hundreds of which roam freely
with little regard from their human
counterpart as to where they are vs where
they should be.
So, then why in the world, would the
religious teachers, ministers and those who
believe the bible's teachings, refuse to use
this incredible tool of faith, to help clean
up our problems of pet overpopulation and
especially animal abuse?
IT'S SAD THAT DOGS DON'T LIVE AS LONG AS WE
DO. BUT, I SEE WHY NOW. THEY ALREADY KNOW
HOW TO GIVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND AFFECTION
- SOMETHING IT TAKES HUMANS 7 TIMES AS LONG
largest majority of those who are causing
harm are not doing it maliciously, but out
of simple ignorance. This is what makes me
believe that the church could and should
play a role in the education of our
community. If we had a rash of rapes in the
recent past, there would be a sermon on
respect for the opposite sex. If there were
an unusually large number of murders over
the past year, we would hear a sermon on
respect for life and so on. So, why, when
God makes it so very clear that animals and
humans are all to be respected and treated
with kindness and compassion, is this topic
so ignored when the problem is so obvious?
a definite reason why Noah built the Arc for the animals
and no additional humans were invited.
Humane Education, at its roots, has benefits
that are felt far and wide in improved
behavior of students, increased attendance,
much more awareness of others, a noticeably
raised level of achievement scores, more
respectful nature of addressing adults and
others around them and gaining a less
violent resolution technique when challenged
- not to mention the obvious - the lives
that are spared and provided with the proper
treatment that will extend their lives in a
healthier, happier way.
So, if the above reasons do not spur the
preachers and priests on to a more
compassionate style of ministries or simple
common sense isn't enough for the local or
national ministries to take notice and begin
giving more appropriate sermons to their
maybe some of the following articles can
convince them to give a humane style sermon
at least once a year. If their followers
are truly respectful of God and his
teachings, they will learn how to improve
their pets existence as well - giving the
pets a noticeably improved chance of living
out a healthy life in a manner pleasing the
"I looked at all the caged animals in the
shelter....the castoffs of human society. I
saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and
dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was
angry. "God" I said, 'this is terrible! Why
don't you do something?" God was silent for
a moment and then He spoke softly. "I have
done something'' He replied. "I created
I think all clergy
should read Matthew Scully's book "Dominion."
He addresses all these issues and very well
TO All Religious Leaders:
by Dr. Jeanette Shutay, Ph.d.
First of all, I want to make it known that I
take neglect of animals, abuse of animals
and all types of this behavior very
seriously. I would also like to mention that
fact that those who are physically abusive
to animals tend to be more violent than
average, in general (e.g., in all domains of
life). Let me give you some specific
examples that support this supposition.
The Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP) is
an instrument which is designed to measure
one’s potential for abusing children
(Milner, 1986). This instrument has been
referenced as a research tool in the abuse
literature. One of the statements on this
questionnaire is “I enjoy having pets” in
which the person is to state whether he or
she agrees or disagrees with the statement.
This particular item is on the questionnaire
because it has clinical significance. In
other words, there is a relationship between
one enjoying or liking pets and one’s
likelihood to be a child abuser.
Another instrument, which is intended to
detect child behavioral problems, references
animals. The Child Behavior Checklist for
Ages 2-3 (CBCL) developed by Achenbach
(1988) specifically asks if the person’s
child is “cruel to animals” in which the
person is requested to indicate how true the
statement is for his or her child (0 = not
true; 1 = somewhat or sometimes true; and 2
= very true or often true). In this case the
child’s behavior towards animals is
considered to be a valid indicator of
behavioral problems which later tend to turn
into conduct disorder in the teen years and
antisocial disorder in the adult years.
Both of these instruments have been found to
uphold high standards of reliability and
validity. These instruments have been used
many times as a research tool for empirical
studies as well as for detecting and or
predicting child behavioral problems (CBCL).
It is not a coincidence that both of these
instruments reference either one’s view or
treatment towards animals. Although these
two particular questions do not in and of
themselves define an adult as an abuser or a
child as one that possesses behavioral
disorders, they have been found to be highly
related to the dependent variable (e.g.,
abuse or behavioral problems).
Furthermore, there are numerous studies that
provide empirical evidence of a link between
animal abuse and criminal behavior in
general. For example Arluke, Levin, Luke &
Ascione (1999) published an article titled
“The Relationship of Animal Abuse to
Violence and Other Forms of Antisocial
Behavior” in the Journal of Interpersonal
Violence, which indicates that there is an
association between animal abuse and a
variety of antisocial behaviors. I mention
this article in particular because its
methodology was very robust and the
findings, I believe, are based on highly
reliable and valid sources of data.
Now is a pivotal time in our society and it
requires that we make a strong statement by
enforcing the maximum punishment possible
for the man who dragged the dog with his
car. We should also consider revising the
current laws so that stricter punishments
may be awarded. I will provide you with two
reasons why this is such:
1. Now is a time in which our society
greatly suffers from an over abundance of
hatred, ignorance, prejudices, etc.
2. And, although there have been many
other times in history dating back hundreds
of years in which the existence of cruelty
and all the above can be documented, we are
more sophisticated now than ever. This means
that we can either use our sophistication to
become most cruel and commit evil acts, or
we can take our sophistication and become
teachers of humane education and societal
Help us proponents of change and humane
education activists make this a better place
to live by sending out a message that cruel
behavior, whether intended for humans or
animals, will not be tolerated for the
simple fact that it is unnecessary and
terribly immoral. Please spread my message
to everyone you are able to reach. Let’s
face it,knowing what we know today, what
these people do is extremely cruel and
someone capable of committing such acts is
clearly a threat to society!
Dr. Jeanette Shutay Ph.d
Board Member 21st Century Animal Resource &
FOLLOWING IS A VERY ENERGETIC READ.
is patently absurd and maddening to partake
in religious services and witness this
disgraceful neglect and ironic distortion of
the base fundamental taught in virtually
all major religions, the Golden Rule. Surely
if there is a blueprint for human behavior
whether you're religious or irreligious,
it's the Golden Rule! "Do Unto Others as You
Would Have Them Do Unto You!" A child could
see that this applies a thousand-fold to
innocent, defenseless animals!
Perhaps too, the major religions should
consider the words of Socrates, who,
an atheist, surpassed hypocrisy with his
dictum: "There is but one good,
there is but one evil, ignorance." The
more you consider that, the more profoundly
You may be interested in this excerpt of an
email letter I sent to Rabbi Gellman and
Monsignor Hartman of "The God Squad" some
months back. They work cooperatively to
address issues and are seen periodically in
various media outlets. As expected, I
never heard back from them; the silence is
deafening! I think many of these religious
leaders are pathetically ignorant on these
issues, much as medical doctors, for so
long, were so ignorant and shamefully
uninformed on nutrition issues. At least,
they woke up and are much more enlightened
"Dear Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman,
Congratulations and thanks for your Newsday
article of 9/23/02 referring to the
significance of vegetarianism. You make some
excellent points that at least demonstrate
respect and consideration for animals. I
must admit however, that the absence of a
stand emanating from the major religions
against animal cruelty and society's
failures to fully value and protect our
animals, especially for those of us raised
the Judeo/Christian faith, is like an
ever-present ache in our hearts; a huge gap
to be filled!
It is perhaps the ultimately tragic irony
that humans seemingly are incapable of
perceiving what empathy and compassion for
animals could mean to the entire human race.
Although the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism,
Christianity and Islam may not consider
as having souls (respectfully, if not
sacrilegiously questioned) as one priest
in The Tablet, "where there is love there is
God." Well put! Humans experience what we
refer to as unconditional love from animals.
Every day, another health benefit is
to be enjoyed by humans as a result of
associations with animals. The fidelity of
humans is unsurpassed among all living
species; yet our treatment of them compared
their treatment of us is a disgrace to, and
a diminishment of, the human condition.
Frankly, religions are missing the boat on
this issue. Consider the overwhelming and
irrefutable evidence linking animal cruelty
to human violence. Those of us involved in
Humane Education consider the teaching of
respect, understanding, caring and
responsibility toward animals as perhaps the
greatest deterrent to violence against all
living creatures that we have. Did you ever
hear of a person raised in a culture of
respect, compassion and responsible
involvement with animals as becoming a
We need a quantum leap in speaking out for
animals by our religions. We don't celebrate
our great leaders who provide great insights
into respect and compassion for animals
enough in our religious services, sermons
and homilies. More tributes should be paid
Gandhi, St. Francis of Assisi, Albert
Schweitzer, Albert Einstein, Tolstoy, The
Lama, Isaac Bashevis, Nehru, Mark Twain,
Abraham Lincoln, Adlai Stevenson, Ralph
Emerson, Rachel Carson and so many others
that are rarely, if ever, referred to in
Talk about a "Prayer of the Faithful"; Dr.
Albert Schweitzer's quote, "until he extends
the circle of compassion to all living
things, man will not himself find peace"
urged to be prayed, repeated, and emblazoned
on every house of worship in every religion
on this planet.
Lastly, when we consider that animals, in
their innocence and as defenseless co-inhab-
itants of our planet, virtually liberate us
from the imprisonment of self, which we
humans are bound by with our limitations,
foibles and biologically inborn selfishness,
it's all the more painful that our religions
fail so miserably in taking a leadership
role in promulgating animal protection as a
moral imperative and to the ennoblement of
the human condition.
I will make this impassioned challenge to
all who preach, spread and share the
gospel. Gather some information on you
local area by speaking to your local humane
society in detail: contact your local
police as well. You will be amazed at the
numbers and the level of abuse they witness
on a daily basis in your own back yard.
Find out what problems they see as crucial
to the beginnings of an improved society -
beginning where all larger than life
projects begin - at the root level - the
Then bring this information to the pulpit
one Sunday in the future. Clearly outline
that much of what we do TO our animals are
certainly not beneficial to their existence
- such as tying them to a fence post.
Locking them outside in small cages or
pens. The unnecessary restrictions these
dogs suffer from, lack of social interaction
and exercise and extreme temperatures lends
itself to uncontrollable behavior and
attacks, medical problems that are usually
noticed too late, unwanted litters - adding
to the already overwhelming number of
slaughters seen in this country.
This leads to a life of neglect, illness and
other problems caused by the treatment by
humans - resulting in a life span that is 7
years less than a dog who sleeps inside the
home at night and has proper exercise. I'm
talking about this community where EVERYONE
has their dog on a short chain outside.
Between coyotes, rattlesnakes scorpions and
heat strokes, you can see a home change dogs
once a year or more. but they get the next
little puppy and tie it to the same chain.
Your community will have similar challenges.
With all the studies that are out now on so
many matters, these issues are clearly no
longer ones of personal opinion, but moreso
those of right and wrong. These people are
wrong. the churches could and should step
in, give details and speak out.
Have a list of do's and don'ts for the
congregation to take with them. Many argue
that it is their right to do this and to do
that. It is NOT anyone's right to cause
harm to an animal. .
It's clear there will be animals in heaven
as there were animals in the Garden of
Eden. So, when we see clearly that abuse is
current in our very own congregations, why
does the church choose to ignore them here
on earth? Remember, '.....not a sparrow
shall fall from the sky....."?
more of a role model than we give them
credit for. If we learn to listen to the
voices of our pets, it will enhance our
emotional and spiritual growth as well as
give new meaning to the phrase, "Man's Best
Readings for your sermon and Sunday
IMPORTANCE OF HUMANE EDUCATION by Dr.
Jeanette Shutay Ph.d
Randy N. Warner
21ST CENTURY ANIMAL
RESOURCE & EDUCATION SERVICES, INC.
COMMANDMENTS OF ANIMAL GUARDIANSHIP
1. When you adopt me, remember that my life
is likely to last 15 or more years.
That is your responsibility to care for me
during that period of time - NOT to dump me
at the pound or on some unsuspecting
2. Please give me time to understand what it
is you want from me. Change can be
more difficult for me than for you. I don't
speak your language and need time.
3. Please don't be angry with me for a long
time, and don't lock me up alone as
punishment Do not throw me outside forever
nor tie me to a post.
I need exercise. love and I need these
things from you. You have your human family,
your entertainment and I ONLY HAVE YOU!!!
4. Please trust me and help me to trust you
.. . . it is crucial for
mine as well as your well being.
5. Talk to me . . . even if you think I
don't understand your words I
understand your voice and love it when you
speak to me and stroke me.
6. Before you hit me remember that I have
teeth and claws and could
easily hurt you but I choose not to bite and
scratch you because I love you..
Also, remember that each time you strike me,
it is only an admission on your part that
you have failed once again to do what's
necessary to communicate.
7. Be aware, that however you treat me, I
WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
8. Before you scold me for being
uncooperative or bad, ask yourself if
maybe something is wrong and there is
another reason for my behavior.
Perhaps I am sick, hot, old or just plain
tired, frustrated and weak.
PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO
BE ME AND PUT YOURSELF IN MY
9. Please take care of me when I get old and
don't abandon me, for you
too will grow old. Please notice when I am
ill because I need you to take
me to the vet for help when I am ill just as
you need to see a doctor.
10. Go with me on the most difficult
journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to
watch" or "Do it when I leave" because I
need you with me even at the end of
my journeys. Please always do what is best
for me even if it is unbearable
for you to do so because I love you and
trust that you will.